Are any of you slow to make a purchase? I wouldn’t say that I’m indecisive, but rather a well informed consumer. Before I buy anything (vacuum cleaner, airplane tickets, and even smaller things like sewing patterns and fabric) I like to do my due diligence and research whatever it is I buy. That’s why this sewing community is so, so good for me. I can read what other sewists think about a sewing pattern or fabric before I buy it. Well, I was awfully slow to start buying Helen’s Closet patterns, but I am so glad I finally did! Over the past month I’ve purchased two of her patterns, the Winslow Culottes and Blackwood Cardigan, and I absolutely love both of them! In fact, I’ve worn the Blackwood Cardigan at least once a week for the past month! And I’m sure the Winslow Culottes will be the same (I just finished sewing them yesterday though).
Let me first talk about the Winlsow Culottes. This is the second culottes pattern that I’ve sewn, and they have a few similarities and a few differences. I debated weather I needed another culottes pattern in my life, and I’m really glad I did! (Take a look here at the Tania Culottes.) They both look like a skirt at first glance. In fact, I had to convince my family yesterday that these culottes were definitely not a skirt. The Tania Culottes resemble a circle skirt while the Winslow Culottes resemble a pleated skirt. Both patterns have an invisible zipper closure, an interfaced straight waistband, and several different length options. The Winslow Culottes, unlike the Tania, have pockets.
I sewed these Winslow Culottes in tencel twill from the Indiesew shop. Back to my well researched buys, I had heard nothing but good things about tencel twill before I first started sewing with it. Allie did a great post about tencel in one of her fabric files spotlight. I love when she focuses on a fabric substrate and teaches a few new things!
This isn’t my first time sewing with tencel. In fact, it’s my fourth. I’ve made pants, pajamas, a skirt, and now these culottes. I love how this fabric has a bit of a sueded look to it, and it has great drape and is a great weight!
I sewed the Winslow Culottes pattern almost entirely as written. The only change was when I cut out view A, I added 1.5 inches to the pattern. Helen mentions in the pattern that these culottes call for a very narrow hem. I wanted my hem a bit bigger, so with my added length, I hemmed the culottes by ironing up .5 inches and then 1 inch more to create a deeper hem. That’s it!
On to the Blackwood Cardigan. I sewed this one up about a month ago, and it is a super quick and easy project. After reading a few reviews, I decided I should shorten the cardigan by two inches. I took these inches out of the lengthen shorten line on the body. I decided to leave the arms extra long and I love the coziness of these long sleeves.
The sleeves are so long that they cover my hands completely, which I love. I can cuff them up if I want them to end at my wrists, but I love being able to tuck my hands away!
I sewed this Blackwood Cardigan out of a striped ribbed knit from the Indiesew shop. I was working with a limited yardage of fabric, so I did not attempt any stripe matching. The ribbed knit wanted to grow and move as I sewed, so I used my walking foot anytime I was not using my serger and I pinned a lot!
Here’s a quick recap of the Winslow Culottes:
Pattern: Winslow Culottes
Fabric: Tencel Twill
Modifications: I sewed view A, added 1.5 inches to the length and then hemmed by ironing up .5 inches and then 1 inch.
And the Blackwood Cardigan:
Pattern: Blackwood Cardigan
Fabric: Stripe Ribbed Knit
Modifications: Shortened body of cardigan by 2 inches
Anybody sewing (or researching) new patterns or fabrics before the new year rolls around?
The fabric for the Winslow Culottes was provided to me as part of the Indiesew blogger team. All opinions, as always, are my own…I love the fabric used in this project!